Life’s A Beach

The beach has been one of the key places for South Australians to be together. Since the 1800s, people flocked to seaside carnivals, regattas and amusements. They picnicked on the sand and filled their teapots at stalls selling boiling water. One Semaphore resident remembers sitting in crowds listening to the bands in the rotunda: it was like being at the opera.

Experience past beachside culture through the keepsakes and photographs of past generations, interactive penny arcade games, vintage swimwear and fishing equipment.